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Speeding up a PC

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December 6, 2012 9:19:40 PM

Is there anything you can do besides run CCleaner, do a virus scan (I use AVG free), update drivers, and make sure you have the latest important Windows Updates? Because I'm trying to figure out if I'm lagging because my hardware isn't good enough or if it's another problem such as something CCleaner would fix.

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December 6, 2012 9:20:59 PM

where are you lagging?

what are your system specs?

when did the lag start?
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December 6, 2012 10:01:39 PM

At the very start of Starcraft 2 and League of Legends games it freezes for the first 10 or so seconds then unfreezes and I'm fine the rest of the game. Also 1080p YouTube videos are choppy.

Windows Home Premium 64 bit
Q6600 @ 2.4 GHz (stock)
GTX 260
4GB DDR2 800 memory
500GB HD
850W power supply

about 3 months ago (estimate)
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a b $ Windows 7
December 6, 2012 10:06:34 PM

those specs are to bad, you could try a reload of windows, windows does degrade over time.

also you could try an overclock, but that shouldnt be the reason you are lagging.
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December 6, 2012 10:09:48 PM

Your system is a little dated like mine.

Window 7 Pro 64
Q9550 @ 3.2 OC
460 GTX
8 GB DDR 2 800MHz

You may be hitting the ceiling when it comes to RAM. I had 4 GB for quite a while and the system ran fine. However, once I upgraded to 8 GB, games became much smoother and easier to start. Basically, you may not see your PC hitting the ceiling, but usually during app launches, a lot of RAM is used to "set up" the app.

You could overclock you CPU too. Pretty simple with a C2Q (I would know). You would need an after market cooler.

Your GPU is a little old too, but should not have any issue playing those games let alone Youtube.
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December 6, 2012 10:11:06 PM

Thanks for the fast reply.

So there isn't any other processes I could try besides the ones I listed in my original post? Like would defragging do anything?
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December 6, 2012 10:12:01 PM

you could always try a defrag, not gonna hurt anything.
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December 6, 2012 10:24:14 PM

As you have Windows Home Premium 64 bit, definitely place some more RAM into your system!

Overclock your Q6600! Get an after market CPU cooler like COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As you have a 850W power supply, try to find a second hand GTX 260 to make a 2x SLI.

Get yourself a SSD to improve performance, and use your 500GB HD as storage drive.
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December 6, 2012 10:29:56 PM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
Buy an ssd.



I looked into this for myself. I was going to buy one at Thanksgiving. But after some reading, I didn't think it was worth it considering my PC is SATA II not III. It would improve my PC a lot but I didn't think it was necessary until I get SATA III.
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a c 395 $ Windows 7
December 6, 2012 10:31:32 PM

It would be the best thing to boost performance even with sata II.
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December 6, 2012 10:49:57 PM

My motherboard has SATA II and III, but I use the SSD on SATA II, because the controller on SATA III is not native.

I still got a lot of improvement in performance, when compared with the HDD.
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